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Advanced technologies to produce high quality tubes in Australia

Fives, a leading engineering group, was entrusted by Orrcon Steel, part of BlueScope, to design, manufacture and supply a complete OTO tube mill in Unanderra, Australia, to serve the needs of the regional industry.

Robotic packaging system

The new mill will produce high quality tubes and profiles for residential, industrial and commercial buildings, as well as structural and architectural elements with strong aesthetic and geometrical advantages.

Fives, together with its regional partner ProTube Engineering, will provide Orrcon Steel with a complete OTO tube mill line, from coil loading to an automatic packaging system for 10-inch diameter steel tubes.

“We are building this line to contribute to the future needs of our people. We chose to work with Fives again due to its experience in turnkey projects and its proven track record that will guarantee high quality standards, sustainable production from the first day of commissioning and compliance with strict safety rules. We are confident that our cooperation will present outstanding results to our customers once the line is commissioned in early 2024,” says Tony Schreiber, General Manager of Orrcon Steel.

In addition, the project targets to obtain a green production certification for manufactured tubes thanks to regenerative systems and energy-efficient motors to be installed at the Unanderra’s facility of Orrcon Steel.

“We are proud to announce that Orrcon Steel will benefit from our advanced technologies which is a result of our continuous innovations, process know-how and constant collaboration with tube makers,” highlights Luca Cagnolati, Sales & Marketing Director at Fives OTO, a Fives’ subsidiary specialising in welded tube mills and automation equipment. “Our advanced technologies include a new loading carriage with integrated burr rotation to maximize productivity and increase operators’ safety, as well as a proprietary robotic packaging system, tailored made to fit the tube length and site layout,” he adds.

Robopack at the Unanderra’s facility of Orrcon Steel features a unique configuration modularity, having 3 robotic arms. It will bundle tubes correctly spaced and aligned guaranteeing high performance and flexibility.